sorry, but vagabond does NOT have a WOOD hull
, but is FIBERGLASS
it seems more folks denounce formosa and hardin and ct and sea wolf and hudson
without knowing thing number one about them. rodlmffao.
there is no reason NOT to buy a formosa or vagabond or other of these marques. all the alleged deal breaking items normally complained about do not exist on these, as they are more easily repairable thaan in the more sleek looking performance cruiser styles (except the really pricey ones)
they are easily repairable under way if necessary-- all of the drive components are readily accessed even under way. i cannot say that for many other designs.
they are specifically designed to sail tradewinds.
they are excellent boats. solid. no oilcanning and minimal weather helm
even when ye screw up and trim "wrong". no cored hull bs, either.
and i willbet a nice cold ocho of modelo negro these are much more comfortable in stormy and bashing conditions than your sleek performance oriented cruising sloop
. dryer also. in a heavy bashing situation, we will make faster way than s sloop or cutter
, as we can keeep more sail up longer without compromising boat and comfort.. (i LOVE this part....lol)
they have encapsulated non lead keel
. goood tracking while under way, and excellent comfort factor.
no they dont race
well, but they were not designed for that.
if you have marque specific questions, please pm me and i will answer factually and realistically, as i am actively cruising one at present , and i will not trade
for anything... (unless someone dies and wills me a 47 vagabond, or 51 formosa or the like...LOL)
these things are awesome characters and sail quite nicely. they were not designed to pinch or sail way close to wind
.. but they can be trimmed to sail effectively and fast.. they LOOK awesome cool and AARRRGGHH when cutting nicely through water
buy what makes your heart throb, and the perceived defects will be repaired and you will love her as i love mine despite and because of this one leaving me stuck in strange places, it is the best boat i have ever sailed, bar none. even better than my old perry...
uhoh did i say that out loud??!!
as for hull material-- formosa/ct/seawolf/hardin/hudson all have fiberglass
hulls. pre 1970, there were some wood hulls but those were made in yokohama and hong kong
, not in taiwan
, and were special order custom.